People who are used to living with others of the same sex tend to be less likely to be on their own and to have less time to socialise, say researchers from the University of Toronto and Imperial College London.
Their research shows that people who are expected to socialize with others are less likely than those who are not to.
The researchers studied more than 1,000 participants in the UK who had previously lived in a household with a person of the opposite sex.
The researchers asked the participants to complete a “Occupation Test” on their daily lives and then took a test on their ability to social and work.
After completing the test, the participants were asked to write a description of themselves, and if they could recall their last social interaction with the person of their choice.
Results showed that the more the participants knew about the other person, the more likely they were to say they could remember their last interaction.
While social isolation is a relatively common problem, researchers believe that people tend to have a limited amount of time to do so, so that their time is more limited.
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